blue wool with red, white and yellow stripes at long sides; edged with blue ribbon at short sides; floral beadwork at short sides; three pairs of beaded red horses edged in white along bottom

Dance blanket, c. 1900

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This blanket started out as a standard-issue Hudson Bay blanket, factory-made from British wool. An Otoe or Otoe-Missouria artist transformed it into a work of art—a prized Native dance blanket. It was probably made for a member of the Osage community around 1900. The Osage were immensely rich due to the oil discovered on the Osage Nation land. Wealthy Osage individuals often commissioned their ceremonial regalia from neighboring Otoe and Otoe-Missouria peoples. This blanket features signature Otoe and Otoe-Missouria–style appliqué with colorful beads. When it is worn, the floral designs appear on the front and the horses on the back, wrapping the dancer with decoration.

Details
Title
Dance blanket
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2016.4
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blue wool with red, white and yellow stripes at long sides; edged with blue ribbon at short sides; floral beadwork at short sides; three pairs of beaded red horses edged in white along bottom